Georgia Southern basketball started the season 4-4 before going on the road for four games. As of right now they have played three of the four games. The Eagles have played Minnesota, Florida Gulf Coast, and Florida International. The Minnesota game was the toughest of the road trip. The Eagles got overpowered in the game on Friday December 9th. The Eagles hung around early but Minnesota put the Eagles away early in the second half, while only allowing Georgia Southern to score 17 in the second half. Minnesota was just bigger, stronger, and faster than Georgia Southern in the long run and it showed in the second half of the game. The Eagles lost 86-49. Next up was a rematch against Florida Gulf Coast. The Eagles had already fallen to FGCU 85-82 at Hanner Fieldhouse in Statesboro just ten days earlier. Georgia Southern snapped Florida Gulf Coast six-game winning streak and avenged that loss. The Eagles took the lead with 14:13 left in the first half and never trailed again. The final was Eagles 72 and Florida Gulf Coast 59.
After the win Georgia Southern traveled about two hours to Florida International University to take on the Panthers Thursday night. At half time the game was tied until Georgia Southern came out with a quick ten point lead before the Panthers clawed back, while eventually taking a 56-55 lead. The Eagles came soaring back, in the last two minutes the Eagles knocked down 10 of 12 free throws, including nine straight, to secure the win. Georgia Southern won 75-68. The Eagles are 2-1 on this road trip and finish it up Tuesday the 20th at Winthrop. Georgia Southern is 6-5 on the season. Once the road trip is over they come back home to face Fisk on the 22nd and end the year with Georgia State at home on the 31st. The Georgia State games starts the Eagles Sun Belt Conference games. It looks as if Georgia Southern is hitting their stride at the right time. Conference play will be a test for the Eagles. Can’t wait to see what the rest of the season has in store for the Eagles.
Hail Southern and No Place Else!